CT: Foundations III

 Foundations of Interpreting III at ASD


 in West Hartford, CT

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Thanks to CRID for sponsoring CEUs

Foundations of Interpreting III Seminar

About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

 Along with MJ Bienvenu, Betty collaborated on the TBC News from 1988-1993. In addition to the history contained in these pages, you will find topics relevant to the field today. Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here: BMC History

Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series in Connecticut

"The University of Connecticut Interpreter Services (UCIS) and the Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (CRID) are collobarating to offer the highly-acclaimed Foundations of Interpreting Processes, Parts I - IV  with Betty Colonomos at the American School for the Deaf. Participants of this seminar series will receive the benefit of a discounted rate if they participate in multiple seminars. Those who register early will save upwards of $135 off of the regular registration rate over the course of the series. Participants will note that this offer is available only for the UConn/CRID Foundations Series.

How this works: After you register for your first seminar you will receive a coupon code that will discount your registration rate. Each coupon is good for one registration for a subsequent seminar in this UConn/CRID Foundations Series only. After a second registration using your coupon, you will receive another for the next seminar.. and another.

Please contact the coordinator to request the coupon code for any subsequent seminar in this special series.

UConn/CRID Foundations Dates

Dates for the UCONN/CRID Foundations I-IV Seminar Series 2019-2020

Foundations I - 6/14 - 6/16/19
Early Bird Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019
Foundations II - 9/27 - 9/29/19
Early Bird Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2019
Foundations III - 11/8 - 11/10/19
Early Bird Deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Foundations IV - 1/24 - 1/26/20
Early Bird Deadline: Friday, November 22, 2019

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In our effort to be fully inclusive, we recognize that some interpreters may benefit from a payment plan when they register for Foundations of Interpreting seminars. If you would like to register for a seminar but wish to make alternate payment arrangements, contact the coordinator to request that a plan be established specifically for you before you register. Depending how close your registration is to the seminar date, your registration's cost may be divided into 2 or 3 equal payments automatically deducted from your PayPal account using PayPals subscription service. The intervals between payments will also depend on the amount of time between your registration and the seminar date. Payment in full should be completed 1-2 weeks prior to the seminar.

Contact the coordinator to arrange for your personalized payment plan before registering.

Regarding Levels of Participant's Prior Knowledge

RID requires presenters to identify a single level of participants' prior knowledge necessary when attending a workshop, presentation, or seminar from these categories:


The reality is that individual participants from all of these levels of prior knowledge have the opportunity to learn together in the Foundations series. Historically, participants have attended the Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series at all of these Prior Knowledge levels.

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is designed to engage each individual from their own place of learning framed within the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI).

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Deaf Foundations Fund

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

Click here to contribute.

Filming Foundations

Contribute to the creation of a videotext, where the concepts and approaches of IMI will be discussed further, at GoFundMe


Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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